Jumping in muddy puddles

As a whole, I feel most parents these days (myself included) feel like they have to constantly “teach” their kids. We feel guilty if we leave our kids to watch television for an hour (while we put our feet up) or leave them to play alone or going by a day when we don’t either read to them, do a puzzle with them or practice some phonics with them.

But there is so much learning to be done by having some serious fun as well. S has been watching peppa pig and one of the things he keeps saying he wants to do is jump in muddy puddles. But we all know “If you want to jump in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots”. And so off we went to Morrisons on Saturday to buy him some boots. It rained earlier today and so it was the perfect time!!

After his lunch we headed to Primrose Hill and started puddle hunting. And oh how he loved it!!

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The best part? He was actually learning. We went through the colours of the leaves, we talked about the clouds, we spotted puddles from a distance, we counted from 1-20 and lots more. He was having a blast and watching him made my day as well. He makes me miss being a child again!

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People complain about the English weather but there’s a lot of fun to be had, no matter what the weather.

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For the love of cars!

We’ve had some very wet weather in the last week and so yesterday when I saw the sun peek through the clouds I thought here’s a chance for us to go to the playground. So off S and I went to our local park and as soon as we walked into the playground, I knew we’d have trouble. S spotted a shiny red car (he loves cars and thinks everyone else’s car is his!)

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Tantrum causing car

He ran up to it and indicated that he’d like to ride in it. After deliberating for what seemed like forever, the lady who was holding on to it for her grandson let S have a go. Phew!! Tantrum averted (for the moment!)

After a while I could see that the lady wanted it back and while S was reluctant to get out, I could also see the slide was starting to look tempting to him. When he stepped out, I used the opportunity to lift him up, thank the lady and leg it towards his pram. I strapped him in and we started to leave the playground. And that’s when he realised and started screaming for the car. In a Houdini-like movement, he climbed out of his pram straps and lay on the floor crying. Oh how I love the tantruming terrific two’s!

Now while this is very common for children his age, what really put the icing on the cake this time was when a certain someone looking as cool as a cucumber walked by with his son Alfred and his dog Bert. You guessed it…David Walliams!! I am a huge Walliams fan and love his role in Britain’s got talent. Bert came up to us and I tried to use him as a distraction for S since he loves dogs…It turns out he loves cars more than dogs!!

This is the second time in as many weeks I’ve spotted David Walliams. Think I need to start taking S’s bike/car to the playground and doing something with my hair…

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